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Ed Smiley | 871 comments Georges Mathieu Pioneer Lyrical Abstract Painter Dies
One of the best known abstract painters Georges Mathieu has died age 91. In the 1950s and 1960s his reputation was widespread and he was one of best known artists in France. He was born in 1921 in the northern city of Boulogne-sur-Mer. He was a champion of the US artist Jackson Pollock and his Action style of painting....

...Mathieu’s most iconic works feature long, curving streaks and bursts of color that he applied to often giant-sized canvases in quick, controlled strokes, with little of the messier splatter that became the signature of Jackson Pollock, whose first Paris show was with Mathieu’s dealer, in 1947. He often painted before audiences... ...Though the artist has only rarely exhibited in the U.S. in the past few decades, he was wildly popular in France, known for his luxurious lifestyle (he posed for photographs standing astride or next to a Rolls-Royce with remarkable regularity) and his ferociously scaled mutton chops....

Here's a trailer for a movie about him:

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Amalie  | 157 comments I just post this at Jane Austen group and thought of sharing with you guys as well. Tell me what you think.

in the top-right corner of a reproduction of a photograph of the portrait taken before the painting was restored, the name “Jane Austen” is visible. Next to it is revealed in two places the name “Ozias Humphry” – an established portrait painter of the period. He was a member of the Royal Academy, and a friend of other better-known artists of the day, such as Gainsborough and Romney. The words have been digitally enhanced using photographic tools and methods that have been independently validated by photographic expert Stephen Cole of Acume Forensics in Leeds, who has spent more than 20 years analysing photographic evidence in criminal cases. Art critic Angus Stewart, a former curator of an exhibition dedicated to Jane Austen, has seen the evidence and is impressed. “To have all these words revealed on the canvas is very, very strong. I think you’d be flying in the face of reason to deny this,” he said ( See: The Guardian, 8th June, 2012)

Then there's this : The one owned by Dr. Paula Byrne, and currently on show at the Jane Austen House Museum.

I personally considered so far Dr.Byrne's "lost portrait" is really Jane Austen because the shape of the noses but now with this "Rice Portrait” one, the nose of that child doesn't look the same or does it? Then the eyes look the same (to me) We always see what we want to see, I guess! :)

Here's the Rice portrait:

Now look at the lockets:

I love this!

message 3: by Heather (new)

Heather Very interesting, Amalie.
The child doesn't exactly look like her, but I don't know. The mouth seems to be the same. And everyone changes as they get older...
Thank you for sharing that!

message 4: by Heather (new)

Heather Ed wrote: "Georges Mathieu Pioneer Lyrical Abstract Painter Dies
One of the best known abstract painters Georges Mathieu has died age 91. In the 1950s and 1960s his reputation was widespread and he was one ..."

I wasn't as familiar with his work, I think I like it! I especially like his use of color. Thank you for sharing that, Ed.

message 5: by Heather (new)

Heather Hand-beaded VW Beetle rolls into Denver airport as art display

By Yesenia Robles
The Denver Post

The Vochol is a 1990 Volkswagen Beetle that has been covered with 2,270,000 glass beads in a traditional Huichol form of craftwork. Glass and plastic beads have replaced the seeds that were originally used by the Huichol in their art. Huichol is an indigenous group from west central Mexico. The artists devoted 9,408 hours of their time transferring their artistic inspiration into the embedded design of the Vochol to share with the world their history, mythology, and and culture. The Consulate General of Mexico in Denver, and the Mexican Cultural Center,


message 6: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 1943 comments Heather wrote: "Hand-beaded VW Beetle rolls into Denver airport as art display

By Yesenia Robles
The Denver Post

The Vochol is a 1990 Volkswagen Beetle that has been covered with 2,270,000 glass beads in a trad..."

I love it!!!

Have you seen the work of Liza Lou. She does life-sized installations, all done with beadwork. I've seen her kitchen

and her backyard

at the Santa Monica Museum of Art a few years ago.

message 7: by Heather (new)

Heather Cool, Ruth! Thank you so much for introducing her! I always think of the immense patience it would take to place each individual bead. And how does one know what the finished product will look like? I wonder the same thing about artists creating a large mosaic, or work on other large canvases, too.

message 8: by Heather (last edited Jun 27, 2012 08:09PM) (new)

Heather I don't really know where to post this, what I consider, a fascinating find...

For a bit of background (and this is why it so interests me): In 2001 I was in an MVA resulting in a Traumatic Brain Injury from a coup contrecoup injury.
In head injury, a coup injury occurs under the site of impact with an object, and a contrecoup injury occurs on the side opposite the area that was impacted...The coup injury may be caused when, during an impact, the skull is temporarily bent inward, and impacts the brain. When the skull bends inward, it may set the brain into motion, causing it to collide with the skull opposite side and resulting in a contrecoup injury. my point.
The Art Inside an Injured Brain
CORE Healthcare Administrator

In one study, neurologists assessed an artist’s entire body of work – painting done both before and after her brain was injured. They reported that the paintings done after the injury showed more artistic skill, but also seemed to have less emotional impact as well as appearing unfinished.

One artist had damage in the area of the brain that helps form mental images; he began painting more abstractly. The other artist’s brain was damaged in the area that affects creativity. He began to paint more realistically and with brighter colors. While the researchers saw a striking difference in the work, the artists saw no differences. To them, all the art, both before and after their brains were injured, looked the same.

So my impact was to my left temporal lobe resulting ultimately in scar tissue on both temporal lobes. So my question...why am I not an artist??? If you read more of the article, it talks about certain brain disorders that actually increase creativity. Isn't one side of the brain the creative side and the other more logical? Well, if I damaged both sides, what am I? I guess they cancel each other out! (I'm being a bit facetious!)

message 9: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl That reminds me of a story the New York Times did on artist self-portraits before and after Alzheimer's. These portraits were done 33 years apart.

Much more here:

message 10: by Heather (new)

Heather wow! Fascinating, Lobstergirl!

message 11: by Ed (new)

Ed Smiley | 871 comments Chuck Close, the famous portraitist talked about his challenges in "Notes to self", here. He has a very unusual mind. This is pretty inspiring.

He has prosopagnosia --is face-blind (unable to recognize faces) so he was drawn to draw portraits of his family and friends, in part to memorize them. He also has several learning disabilities.

Here's an interview with Oliver Sacks and Chuck Close, both of hwom have the condition:

Here he discusses his painting, compares his approach to the Lilliputians crawling across the face of a giant man they don’t even know they are on.

message 12: by Amalie (last edited Jun 28, 2012 07:26PM) (new)

Amalie  | 157 comments I absolutely LOVE the art work in massage 5 and message 6! You have to see all these colours to realize that God too must be an artist!!

Here are few I saw recently by a contemporary Sri Lankan artist, Sasitha Weerasinghe

This is the junglefowl,the National bird of Sri Lanka, it has all the colours.

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